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Have you wondered why different drinks are served in different types of glasses? There are many reasons. The serving size of the drink being an important one and others like the visual appeal and how the drink can be enjoyed best. For example, tall, thin glasses hold the fizz better, snifters release the aromas properly, stemmed ware holds the temperature of the drink, and cocktail glasses add a lot of fun.
Glasses are never filled to the brim, which is why the glasses are always larger than the serving size. For serving sizes and how to hold the wine glasses click here.
Whisky glasses are short, wide and heavy bottomed. The capacity of the glass should not be less than 250 ml.
Highball glasses are slightly larger than normal water glasses. The capacity can vary between 240ml to 360 ml.
A red wine glass is big and ballooned. The minimum glass capacity should be 270 ml.
White wine glasses are smaller and less wide than the red. The minimum glass capacity should be 240ml.
Champagne glasses are of 2 types: the flute and the cup. The glass capacity should be between 180 and 210 ml.
Cocktails can be served in a variety of glasses. The glass capacity can go up to more than 500 ml.
Liqueur glasses can be stemmed or plain and generally have a capacity of between 30 to 60ml.
Sherry glasses have a capacity of 120ml and can also be used to serve port, liqueurs, shooters and aperitifs.
Port glasses have a capacity of about 190ml. Sherry can also be served in these glasses.
Shot glasses will hold either 30 or 60 ml of liquor.
Juice can be served in a variety of glasses. You can use any interesting small to medium capacity glasses.
The Irish Coffee Mug can be used for many hot drinks. The average capacity of this glass is between 240 ml to 300 ml.
This glass has a large bowl and a shorter stem than a regular wine glass The capacity of the glass can vary from 150 ml to large snifters of 500ml.
The difference between a champagne cup, gimlet glass and an ice-cream cup.
The difference between red and white wine glasses.
Different glasses for beer, highballs and whisky
Beer glasses and mugs should have a capacity of anything between 300 to 500 ml.
A martini glass should have a capacity of 240 to 300 ml.